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Larry Parks

Larry Parks was an American actor. Born Samuel Lawrence Klausman Parks in Olathe, Kansas, his career was virtually ended when he admitted in 1951 to having been a member of a Communist party cell.

Having attended the University of Illinois, Parks played in stock companies for several years before signing a Hollywood contract in 1941. He made several forgettable films untl he won the role of Al Jolson in the 1946 biographical film The Jolson Story, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Following his Oscar nomination, he made a few more movies that did little in the box office, until he appeared in the sequel, Jolson Sings Again in 1949, which was another hit.

Following his admission before the House Un-American Activities Committee, Columbia Pictures dropped him. He made only two more films before retiring permanently.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Larry Parks Facts

Birth NameSamuel Lawrence Klausman Parks
BirthdayDecember 13, 1914
BirthplaceOlathe, Kansas, USA
Date of deathApril 13, 1975 (age 60)

Selected Filmography

Friday the 13th
Hot Shots, Part Deux!
The Wire: The Musical with Michael Kenneth Williams
Diamonds Are Forever
The Jolson Story
Fargo Blu-ray
Jolson Sings Again
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